Old forced into low pay
NEW LABOUR last week announced that men over 60 would have to look for work or face having their benefits axed. This outrageous plan is part of the government's drive to make elderly and disabled people, and single parents take up any low paid job. Proposals announced by social security secretary Alistair Darling also include a recommendation to raise from 50 to 55 the minimum age from which pensions can be paid.
Yet new figures have revealed that the government owes billions of pounds to people who do not claim what is rightfully theirs. Some �4 billion a year now goes unclaimed, according to the campaigning Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). This exceeds the �3 billion which is estimated to be lost each year in benefit "fraud". CPAG says that more than a million households are losing an average �22.50 a week.